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OutUK's Adrian Gillan hunts down horny Herrs in Hamburg, Germany’s second city, in the run up to June's Pride celebrations.

Birthplace of Brahms and launch pad of The Beatles, Hamburg is Germany’s understated city of wealth. It's greener and cleaner than either Berlin or Munich, although much of its history was firebombed by us during the war.

GAY DISTRICTS

Hamburg boasts not just one gay scene but two - make that three. So you’ll have to decide which one’s yours on any given night.

The biggest and most central is in the old St Georg district just to the east of the main station where rail connections come in from the airport. Most gay venues here are along, just off or in between two main streets called Lange Reihe and Steindamm.

The Lange Reihe is a long, narrow road full of small cafés and boutiques. There is no shortage of inexpensive gay-run eateries.


A beer and a mouthful of German sausage is well worth the cost of the flight to Hamburg.
Rustic and basic Café Uhrlaub has been as a Gay Cafe with bar and guesthouse on the Langen Reihe in Hamburg since 1984. They serve breakfast, a daily changing lunchtime table, a la carte hot meals, homemade cakes, as well as a bar and cocktails.

Rather more stylish and atmospheric is the lovely deco-chic Café Gnosa with its amazing selection of cakes and a fine array of fit and friendly waiters - very laid back and the perfect place to while away and dream.


The Cafe Gnosa is a great place to relax and meet the locals

CLUBS & BARS

But if it's gay bars you want, try the real thing. Daniel's Company is a very popular watering hole near the station where thirsty queers hoard its bar ‘in the round’ - an interesting mix of drunken bores, young cutsies and glamorous dykes. By contrast, La Strada a few streets away is a friendly community men’s hub of a pub that does not shy away from cheese.

And now: for something cruisier? Check out the Thomaskellar, a few doors down, in a cosy basement not short of boys. Or indeed, you can easily find fast love at a price at Pick Up Gay Bar – one of several ‘hustler bars’ of the sort we don’t find here in the UK.

But if you like your men free - apart from the door charge and the drinks - there are lots of fetish bars in town.

Traxx is a labyrinth likewise for leather but with some SM thrown in.

And there’s always Tom’s Saloon, a basement cruise bar on Pulverteich just off Steindamm where almost any code goes away a load or two lighter. Tom of Finland was a regular and the bar has been named after him. It's also home of the annual Hamburg Leatherparty which takes place this August.

If you are yourself young or in search of youth, you need only stagger upstairs into a popular, if small, club area where chicken and bunnies abound. The music doesn’t quite know what it is and thereby pleases no one in particular but the young’ns still make the most of it.

Amongst the bars worth checking out are WunderBar in Talstraße, which is a Gay party bar in the red-light district St. Pauli with chart and German Schlager music. It can be very crowded at weekends with clientele mainly in their 20s and 30s. Generation Bar in Lange Reihe is a stylish cocktail cafe-bar with mixed clientele and M&V Bar just down the road is a Large hetero-friendly gay bar, with cosy booth seating which is usually very crowded at Friday and Saturday night.

SAUNAS

And there are some nice surprises to be had over the road at the spacious, clean and attractive Dragon Sauna - one of the best designed I’ve encountered on all my global trots. Unusually laid-out sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and cabins - complete with dishy guys - make this a must-have German gem.

Boy toy shops surround you on Steindamm, peddling the usual videos and mags, plus the continental penchant for porn cinemas and private cabins for hire. If that’s you’re thing, check out any of Dolly Buster, Sex World, Erotic Boutique Frivol or Sparta. They’re all much of a muchness.

We can recommend Hotel Königshof on Pulverteich to lay your queery head – clean, spacious, stylish and modern with generous breakfasts. And so central - in the heart of the main gay quarter!

You can reserve a room using our online Bookings service by clicking the Bookings logo below.

Hamburg's gushing out all over.

GO WEST

There is a smaller and more mixed gay district over to the west at St Pauli, about 15 minutes away by rail. Piccadilly is a unique and comfy pub that looks like it’s in someone’s front room and is packed with coffee pots from around the world. Wunderbar is this area’s bar-cum-club where the cutsies hang out, but in such numbers of a weekend eve there’s no room to fall over, let alone dance. Men’s Heaven is St Pauli’s new sauna and you’ll find similar sex shops as were over on Steindamm.

Also worth mentioning - if only for the change of scenery - is the small ‘village’ up towards the City Park, beyond the lakes. Check out the Blind Garden in the City Park early evening or weekend afternoons. Turn left out of Borgweg metro staying on that side of the road and cross straight over at the cross-roads, entering the park on the corner where the small wooden sign says Blindgarten. This sunken garden is just behind the pavilion facing you and you'll find action in the bushes all around.

THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK

ST GEORG: THE EAST VILLAGE
Café Uhrlaub (Lange Reihe 63; T: 0049 40 280 26 24)
Café Gnosa (Lange Reihe 93; T: 0049 40 24 30 24)
Daniel's Company (Kreuzweg 6; T: 0049 40 280 36 06)
La Strada (Rostocker Str 8; T: 0049 040 410 940 13)
Thomaskellar (Rostocker Str 14; T: 0049 40 280 530 24)
Pick Up Gay Bar (Zimmerpforte 2; T: 0049 40 280 17 38)
Traxx (Danziger Str 21; T: 0049 40 24 08 04)
Tom’s Saloon (Pulverteich 17; T: 0049 40 280 30 56) Website
WunderBar (Talstraße 14; Website)
Generation Bar (Lange Reihe 81; T: 0049 40 280 04 690; Website)
M&V Bar (Lange Reihe 22; T; 0049 40 280 06 973; Website)
Dragon Sauna (Pulverteich 37; T: 0049 40 24 05 14)
Dolly Buster (Steindamm 24)
Sex World (Steindamm 26)
Erotic Boutique Frivol (Steindamm 16-22)
Sparta (Lange Reihe 93)
Hotel Königshof (Pulverteich 18; 0049 40 28 40 74 0;) Website

ST PAULI: THE WEST VILLAGE
Piccadilly (Silbersacktweite 1; T: 0049 40 319 24 74)
Wunderbar (Talstr 14; T: 0049 40 317 44 44)
Men’s Heaven (Talstr 10-12; T: 0049 40 31 79 37 27)
Mystery Hall (Talstr 3-4)
New Man (Reeperbahn 63)

Revised March 2017.

 

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